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05 Jun 2014

Call for applications for the HISK programme 2015 + 2016

studio at HISK

Call for applications
Higher Institute for Fine Arts


Deadline submission: June 15, 2014
Information and conditions:


+32 9 269 67 60

Charles de Kerchovelaan 187a
B-9000 Gent

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Information and conditions:

HISK / Hoger Instituut voor Schone Kunsten / Higher Institute for Fine Arts offers a two-year post academic course in visual and audio-visual art.

The institute provides 26 young artists from Belgium and abroad with a work space of their own. The emphasis at the institute lies on individual practice. The programme aims to achieve a practical balance between study in the studio, discussions with visiting lecturers, workshops, reading groups, field trips and public presentations. The international and culturally diverse composition of the candidate laureate group makes for cross-pollination and dialogue.
The diversity of the international visiting lecturers (artists, curators, critics, theoreticians...) provides a framework within which the candidate laureates learn to view their own work with a critical eye. The unique HISK concept allows participants every opportunity to invest in critical research for their work within a broader artistic, cultural and societal context.
At the end of the two years, the artist receives a 'Laureate of the Higher Institute for Fine Arts' certificate. Since 1997, 207 laureates have graduated from the institute. The majority of them are now pursuing successful professional careers in the international art world.

Artists who have already obtained a Masters degree in Fine Art or an equivalent qualification are eligible to apply to the HISK. Exceptions can be made for applicants who do not have a Master degree but whose artistic trajectory evidences a high level of development, motivation and artistic affinity.
The admission committee is composed of international visiting lecturers from a variety of backgrounds. The committee makes a pre-selection from the submitted portfolios; the selected candidates are subsequently invited for an interview on their motivations and expectations. After a period of evaluation and careful deliberation, the committee decides upon the admission of the applicant.
The conceptual and visual qualities of the works submitted by the applicants are considered more important than their style, utilized material or technique. Participants are expected to show a strong commitment to conducting critical research within their respective fields of interest. At the same time, they should aim to situate their practice within a broader social and cultural context. Candidates are also expected to contribute in or to the activities of the HISK as a whole. This interaction is seen as an important forum of exchange and development.

13 artists will be admitted.

The post-graduate educational programme of the HISK is a two-year, full-time programme, which starts on January 1, 2015, and ends on December 31, 2016.

There is a 2,000 euro/year registration fee (+ a single deposit of 300 euro). Health insurance is not included in the registration fee. The registration fee (and the deposit) are payable before the start of the working year. The Higher Institute of Fine Arts offers a private workspace and pedagogical guidance. There are no scholarships or residencies available. Participants are responsible for their own living costs. Foreign candidate-laureates are required to obtain a student visa and an official residence permit. The candidates themselves are responsible for all the necessary administration pertaining thereto.

The HISK is officially recognized as a higher educational institute and is financed by the Flemish Community (the Ministry of Education) and supported by the City of Ghent.


Hoger Instituut voor Schone Kunsten
Higher Institute for Fine Arts
Charles de Kerchovelaan 187a
9000 Gent